What Can Ancient DNA Teach the Modern World About Mental Health?


What can we expect of the future? And obviously none of us, including myself,
can answer that question. But the only way we can try to address the
question is by going back into the past. if you take things like diseases, where are
they coming from, why do we carry those diseases, what is the story behind that
understanding this history is crucial to also understand the differences in disease susceptibility
across different populations and therefore also, of course, important to how to treat
them. Eske is very passionate about his science. So he relishes the approach that we can learn
so much from our past. My vision for this project is to create a
number of genome panels I want to create an ancient human panel over the last 10,000 years. I want to create an ancient pathogen panel
from the same skeletons over the same period. retrieving genomes from ancient remains. it’s a direct glimpse, it’s a snapshot into
the past, and it’s very powerful, because in the genome a lot of information. I think it will be a major resource for the
scientific community that are interested in everything from environmental changes, pathogen
evolution, human evolution, the interactions between these different things Illumina is a healthcare catalyst. But, I’m personally most excited about the
potential to make an impact on mental health. one of the reasons why we are focusing on
mental health, it’s really a huge problem, in the modern Western society. The number of lives we can touch is staggering. the project holds the potential to change
the way we understand these disorders. to erase the stigma
next generation sequencing is without any doubt the invention that had the greatest
impact on the field of ancient DNA. The sequencing is so massive with the NovaSeq. Which completely changed the way we are running
things in the lab. Because of the high-throughput. it revolutionized this field. And it’s really that simple. What used to be unimaginable a decade ago
is now a reality, and we are just getting started. I would say I started out being interested
in being an explorer the past has always fascinated me, because
the past is the answer to why we are where we are today. How did we become who we are?

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